HTC has announced a stripped out, cheaper version of the HTC One smartphone — dubbed, naturally, the HTC One mini — in an effort to win market share in the mid-end to low-end smartphone segment. The 4.3-inch cheaper version of the smartphone also eyes high-end consumers seeking the same capabilities of the larger HTC One but in smaller form hardware.
The model will be in direct competition with the aging yet still very popular Apple iPhone 5, which was unveiled last year and more established S4 mini which got unveiled on May 30, 2013.
As for specs, the Mini variant won’t carry exact features of its 4.7-inch big brother. Not a massive downgrade, but performance between the two handsets will be noticeable.
Measuring 132 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm (5.20 x 2.49 x 0.37 inches) and 120g (4.23oz) in weight, the HTC One Mini sits very comfortably in the hand and in the pocket.
As a cheaper alternative to the flagship HTC One, the Mini is apparently not as powerful as its bigger brother, with the HTC One’s quad-core 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor being dropped in place of a dual-core 1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400 chip. GPU is reduced from 320 to 305 and RAM from 1.5GB to 1GB.
The smartphone packs same 4 Ultrapixel cameras (2688 x 1520 pixels) but comes with a lower 1.6-megapixel front facing camera (at reduced 720p video capture). With the mini model, you will be stripped off with NFC support and Infrared port. We can overlook minor details like this, but given the 1.7GHz quad-core chip in the HTC One, we’re a little more skeptical.
The 1,800 mAh Li-Po battery (Non-removable) isn’t as powerful as its 2,300 mAh Li-Po counterpart, yet is expected to keep the HTC One Mini charged for as long as the bigger power source keeps the HTC One juiced. Elsewhere, HTC has provided the One Mini with the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system with a topping of Sense 5 UI.
Gallery: HTC One Mini
Overall the HTC One Mini follows the same design language of its big brother and predominantly uses the aluminum body. The power button is also now silver since there’s no IR Tx/Rx port underneath, and the volume rocker now rocks-up two discrete buttons instead of one.
The HTC One Mini features a smaller 4.3-inch screen, matching that of arch rival Samsung’s Galaxy S4 mini, and is expected to be available in select markets from August with global roll-out commencing from September. The HTC One mini will be available in the Glacial Silver and Stealth Black color schemes.
There’s no official word on availability, operator partners, or pricing for the USA market, but judging from the spec sheet, we expect it to fall around or below $100 when purchased with a new wireless agreement.
HTC One mini Specifications
HTC One mini
|Display||4.3-inch LCD 720p, 341 ppi|
|Dimensions||132 x 63.2 x 9.25mm (5.2 x 2.49 x 0.36 inches)|
|Weight||4.3 oz. (122g)|
|SoC||1.4 GHz Snapdragon 400
(MSM8930 – 2 x Krait 200 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU)
|RAM/NAND/Expansion||1GB LPDDR2, 16 GB NAND|
|Camera||4.0 MP (2688 × 1520) Rear Facing with 2.0 µm pixels, 1/3″ CMOS size, F/2.0, 28mm (35mm effective) no OIS
1.6 MP front facing
|Video capture||1080p, 30 fps (back); 720p (front)|
|Network||2G / 3G / 4G LTE (MSM8930 MDM9x15 IP block)|
|Battery||1800 mAh (6.84 Whr) Li-Polymer (non-removable)|
|Connectivity||802.11a/b/g/n + BT 4.0, USB2.0, GPS/GNSS, DLNA|
|Misc||Dual front facing speakers, HDR dual microphones, 2.55V headphone amplifier|
|Bands||GSM/EDGE: Quad Band
WCDMA/HSPA+ 42 Mbps:
EMEA: 900/1900/2100 MHz
Asia: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE Cat. 3:
EMEA: 800/1800/2600 MHz
|OS||Android 4.2.2 with Sense 5|
Check out the high resolution image here.